Since the July 2013 Sofia University is a partner in the Erasmus Mundus project Humanities Education Revitalized via Mundus ExperienceS (HERMES), which is aimed at enhancing cooperation among countries of the European Union and neighboring countries in Neighborhood East.
The consortium, consisting of 15 universities in 11 countries, will provide a total of 135 scholarships for students (undergraduate, postgraduate and post-doctoral) and staff during two consecutive academic years, beginning in September 2014. The beneficiaries will move from one of the 6 participating EU countries to one of the 5 third countries (27 scholarships) and vice versa, i.e. from a third country to the EU (108 scholarships).
In focusing on the Humanities, the partnership responds to the priority in European Commission Horizon 2020, where research in the field is emphasized as an essential aspect of all societal challenges. It also responds to our own beliefs about this academic field. In today’s world of technological domination, the Humanities seem to have moved lower on the priority list of most universities and educational systems worldwide. It is our conviction that it is precisely in times of rapid technological advancement that they are needed most urgently. The Humanities provide not only the tools of logical thinking, which form the basis of all scientific research, but also, importantly, the moral principles which ensure the optimal use of science and technology in the interests of humanity. The necessity of a humanist education becomes even more pronounced in times of crisis; many of the partner countries are at present facing varying types of crisis. Through research into the human experience, past and contemporary, the Humanities constitute a field which truly affords a vision for the future.
The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA) is coordinator responsible for the general management of the project. The Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University is joint coordinator.
The other partners are:
|Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder)||Germany|
|University of Salerno||Italy|
|Ca’ Foscari University of Venice||Italy|
|Russian-Armenian (Slavonic) University||Armenia|
|Gavar State Univerity||Armenia|
|Azerbaijan University of Languages||Azerbaijan|
|Belarusian State University||Belarus|
|Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi||Georgia|
|Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University||Ukraine|
|Crimean University for the Humanities, Yalta||Ukraine|
For additional information on types of mobility an application procedures, please visit the website http://www.erasmusmundus-hermes.uoa.gr/